Regulatory Advocacy

International Energy Conservation Code – Short Term Win for Future Homeowners

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield recently wrapped up an 18-month long process updating the city’s building codes. Much of that focus has been centered around the International Energy Conservation Code ®(IECC). Outside interest groups were pushing for an immediate full adoption of the of the 2018 IECC, which would add burdensome costs to…

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Peter Kinder visits with HBA Members

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder visited with HBA members this week. During this visit, Lt. Governor Kinder, who is currently campaigning to become the Republican candidate for Governor of Missouri,  summarized what he has accomplished during his political career. In addition, he laid out some of his goals and how they would affect the housing industry, should he…

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Home Fire Sprinkler Summit – March 23rd

The City of Springfield Fire Department and the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition have partnered together to host the Home Fire Sprinkler Summit on March 23rd at the Springfield Police & Fire Training Center (see images below for details). All HBA members are invited to attend this educational opportunity at no charge. The event is scheduled…

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Court Blocks Waterways – NAHB Works to Stop Floodplain Regulations

Court blocks Waterways of the United States ruling and NAHB works to stop floodplain regulations. The Obama Administration is looking to expand protection of waterways and floodplains in the United States by promulgating rules from the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers. The EPA and supporters of The Waterways of the United States rule say…

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A Commissioner, Senator and Representative Walk into a Bar

What happens when a Commissioner, a Senator, and a Representative all walk into a bar? Okay, the title was definitely meant to get your attention, but our advocacy and membership event was a lot of fun last Tuesday night. We were joined by Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin, State Senator Jay Wasson, and State…

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VOTE on April 7th, 2015 – Average Voter Turnout 9-15%

Once again another election is upon us. With the average turnout for municipal elections between 9%-15%, it seems that most voters don’t care. Unfortunately, that is the wrong attitude. In fact, local officials have more impact on your daily lives than you might realize. They determine regulations for business, ordinances that govern its citizens, and…

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HBA Enhances Governmental Affairs and Political Advocacy with New Addition

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield has taken steps toward the future with the addition of Miles Ross to the team. When Jennifer McClure retired in March, Ross and his firm stepped in to help the HBA with political advocacy and governmental affairs. Miles Ross has a long history in politics, construction and business,…

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The Fast Pitch to Builders at Vesta Precast was a Hit – CBBT

Some people like to refer to this event as a “Membership Version of Speed Dating” and if you participated you now understand why. Associates were allotted five minutes to talk to builders and let them know a little about themselves and their company before the whistle blew and everyone moved to the next station. Lots…

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City of Republic Requires Proof of Sprinkler Offer

As area jurisdictions adopt the 2012 International Residential Codes, they must comply with state law prohibiting inclusion of the code’s residential fire sprinkler mandate. Missouri Senate Bill 108, which passed in 2011, extended the prohibition of mandatory residential fire sprinklers through 2019 and also continues to require builders of one- and two-family dwellings to offer…

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Greene County Posts Public Hearings for 2012 Code Adoption

Throughout 2012, your Regulatory Advocacy Committee has been meeting with code officials throughout the region regarding adoption of the 2012 International Residential Code. One of our top priorities has been discussion regarding the cost effectiveness of the new energy chapter requirements of the 2012 IRC. Many jurisdictions have been very responsive to amending out the…

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Greene County Seeks Builder Feedback on Road Access Policy

The HBA’s Regulatory Advocacy Committee recently met with the City of Springfield, City Utilities and Greene County to discuss code adoption, building regulations and other emerging issues and updates. The City of Springfield provided updates regarding its progress with the electronic plan submission system, e-plans , the availability of recycled water from the city, the establishment of…

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